Uh Oh: White Christmas’ Could Become A Thing Of The Past Or Something

Remember the fun old one the climate cultists trotted out, Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past? You can’t read the link, because they disappeared it, but, Watts Up With That? has it here. And it include the wonderful line “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.” LOL. There have been plenty of other prognostications, like just last year when they said the UK would no longer get snow. The children thing, though, was meant to tug on the emotion strings, because showing the science was problematic. Hence

Will Climate Change Make White Christmases a Thing of the Past?

For those who dream year after year for a white Christmas, that could one day be a thing of the past. According to a recent analysis of December weather over the past four decades, snow measurements across the U.S. on December 25 have dropped since the 1980s.

While scientists note that the decreases are still small, it hasn’t gone unnoticed by people across the country.

From 1981 to 1990, December temperatures remained below freezing, and about 47% of the country had snow for Christmas. The average depth of snow measured at 3.5 inches, as recorded by the University of Arizona on behalf of the Associated Press. But in 2011 to 2020, the average December temperature hovered around 35°F, and snow covered just 38% of the country on Christmas day at a depth of 2.7 inches. (snip)

There is some concern that we’ll experience even fewer white Christmases in the future, making this scenario a nostalgic memory rather than a reality.

“With climate warming, the prospects of a white Christmas in many parts of the U.S.A. will be slim indeed,” Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, tells AP.

Well, it’s shocking that a Holocene warm period would see less snow, just like the other warm periods. Shocking! It’s interesting, though, that they only include this short time period. Interestingly, if you look from the 20’s into the 30’s, there was a much more pronounced warming than the time included in the study. By several degrees, vs. just .79F. What caused that? There weren’t that many fossil fueled vehicles, and we were supposedly “safe” below 350ppm of CO2.

A separate study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also shows declining probabilities of snow on Christmas for much of the U.S., with major decreases in the chance of snow in Washington and Iowa. In Dubuque, Iowa, chances of a white Christmas dropped from 63% in 1981 to 2010 to 42% today, a whopping 21% decrease. In Walla Walla, Washington, there is now less than a 10% chance for snow on December 25, down from 19% in 1981 to 2010.

There are, however, slight increases in snow probability on Christmas for New York, Philadelphia and Concord, New Hampshire.

So, things change? Huh.

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6 Responses to “Uh Oh: White Christmas’ Could Become A Thing Of The Past Or Something”

  1. Hairy says:

    Yes Teach it is warmingand that rate of warming dy/dx is increasing
    Any idea why that rate is increasing? Any possible correlation to anything else that is increasing rapidly? Volcanic activity? Orbital change? Solar output? Atmospheric gas change? Do you expect the rate of temp change to continue to increase and if so, why?

  2. Professor Hale says:

    This is awesome. Just imagine the carbon reduction we can achieve if we don’t have to heat our homes in the Winter. The rest of the world will be paying US carbon credits.

  3. Hairy says:

    Unfortunately global climate change may produce more extreme local weather including colder winters
    We have already seen how warmer arctic weather pushes the jet stream further south from Canada to the USA
    In any case the richer countries and of course those elites that we all love for being the job creators will be effected the least

  4. Dana says:

    December 25, 2002, our first winter in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. We had snow on Hallowe’en, which I thought early, and then, on Christmas, we got 14″ of wet, heavy snow. The sparktricity went out at 11:30 AM, and we didn’t get it back until 6:00 PM on the 26th. Since our heating oil furnace still required electricity to run, it was out, and it got down to 50º F inside the house before we got power back.

    This was our solution to that! It didn’t help that Christmas, but after I installed the wood stove, we never lost power for very long. https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wacko.gif

    It also saved on heating oil.

    It was a pretty good deal. I picked it out at Lowe’s, but the only one they had was the floor model, so I asked, “Do I get a discount if I take the floor model?” Don’t laugh; I’ve twice gotten floor model discounts from Lowe’s for a tiny scratch on the side of a refrigerator, a scratch that was going to be hidden anyway. I also got a discount on a 50-gallon electric hot water heater, because it had been returned; the previous customer couldn’t get it down into her basement, so it came back, with an opened box.

    Then I called my daughter, and told her to get down there with her military ID, for the 10% military discount on top of that. I’m never afraid to ask for a discount!

    We had an electric range in Pennsylvania, too, so that meant that Christmas dinner, such as it was, was cooked on the barbecue grill out back. https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_negative.gif

    • Professor Hale says:

      SWEET! Burn those pre-fossil fuels. Where I live, the wood is free and plentiful. You just pay to have it cut, delivered and stacked.

      I also have a wood stove. The house used to be heated by two, but due to better insulation, I now only need one. No government incentives or penalties were needed to convince me to insulate better. I can foresee a day when wood heat will be outlawed since the government can’t charge a carbon tax on stuff you get for free.

  5. Hairy says:

    Do you also see in the future a tax on passive solar heating as that is also free?

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